Monday, 12 March 2018

Nintendo Switch System Update 5.0.0 Is Now Available

News: Nintendo Switch System Update 5.0.0 Is Now Available

Social linkage, new avatar icons and a play activity fix

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'JackQuest - The Tale of the Sword' is a Rad Looking Metroidvania that's Looking for Testers

If there's one thing that gets my motor running, it's a rad looking platforming game. And when that platforming features combat and the open-ended nature of a Metroidvania, then yeah, you can just sign me right up. So I was pretty stoked to come across a game called JackQuest - The Tale of the Sword in our forums the other day, as it looks to embody all those things I love so much. The game comes from Jose Neto aka NetoX, whose previous iOS releases include Orbital [Free] and MadRobot X [Free]. In the developer's own words, "If you enjoy challenging bosses, jumping on walls, discovering secret passages, and collecting items to explore new areas, JackQuest is your game!" Here are a couple of quick animated gifs so you can see what it's like in motion.

Currently there is a demo build of JackQuest that people in our forums are testing, and so far the feedback has been very positive, with the only criticisms being in regards to difficulty and some virtual control issues. Exactly the types of things that can be tweaked and fixed during a testing period! The other complaint is that the demo build is too short, so that also bodes well for the full game if people are already wanting more of it. While it's unclear how many more testers are needed, feel free to stop by the forum thread to inquire about testing as more builds are already underway and future builds will have additional content. When JackQuest is finished, the current demo portion will be free to download and play with a one-time IAP to unlock the rest of the game.

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Review: Danmaku Unlimited 3 (Switch eShop)

Review: Review: Danmaku Unlimited 3 (Switch eShop)

Dodge this!

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Video: How to establish characters in games

In this 2014 GDC session freelance writer Jeremy Bernstein discusses memorable characters in video games, addressing the unique challenges in establishing characters in games. ...

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'Exospecies' is an Upcoming Sci-Fi Turn-Based Strategy Game that Needs Beta Testers

One game that crossed the ol' TouchArcade news desk that caught my attention is one called Exospecies from developer Inductor Software. It's a turn-based strategy game with an emphasis on online multiplayer as well as numerous unit types that can be combined to create various results similar to combining cards in a CCG, and Inductor even describes Exospecies as "Chess meets Magic: The Gathering." They are also hoping to create a game that's highly conducive to mobile play. It's currently iPhone-only and plays in portrait orientation, and they have a feature they're calling "Simul-turn" which let's both players take their turns at the same time, so it allows for a quicker pace while still being turn-based. There will also be an extensive level editor so you can create your own levels to play on. All of this is on display in the trailer for Exospecies.

As you can see, Exospecies has an art style that reminds me a lot of "sci-fi computer game from the '90s" and I actually mean that as a compliment. It's not quite as polished as the types of multiplayer-centric "strategy" games the big companies put out, but that also means it's not that same generic free to play game art style that seems to be everywhere, which is quite refreshing. This game has a rad personality. If Exospecies looks like your cup of tea, it's currently in open beta, so all you have to do is visit the official website to fill out your details and sign up for beta access. With its emphasis on mobile accessibility and online play, and sheer variety due to the many unit types, ability combining, and level creation, I think Exospecies has some real potential to be a hit.

from TouchArcade

Game Arts International Network is a new resource for organizers

Co-founder of Hand Eye Society Jim Munroe establishes The Game Arts International Network, a new community focused resource for developers interested in game arts organizations. ...

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Review: TurtlePop: Journey To Freedom (Switch eShop)

Review: Review: TurtlePop: Journey To Freedom (Switch eShop)

Heroes in a half-shell

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Competitive Choose Your Own Adventure Game 'The Wolf's Bite' Heading to iOS April 12th

Back in July of last year, developer Three Little Devs unveiled their upcoming project called The Wolf's Bite, and it looked very interesting. The Wolf's Bite is something of a mashup between competitive board game, choose your own adventure, and business management sim. As you might have guessed based on the developer's name, The Wolf's Bite is inspired by classic fairy tales like The Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, and your goal is to create a thriving business as the Pigs while simultaneously sabotaging the efforts of your competition, namely the Big Bad Wolf and his titular restaurant The Wolf's Bite. It'll feature both local multiplayer and single-player against an AI. Here's the trailer for the desktop version which launched on Steam back in August of last year.

The game uses randomly generated story bits with over 500 different paths that each player could potentially take, and there are more than 20 different endings you can achieve based on the choices you do or don't make. It sounds like a really neat spin on several different types of genres that have worked great on mobile over the years. While originally planned for release last fall just after the Steam launch, The Wolf's Bite for iOS has taken a bit longer than expected, but it finally does have a release date of April 12th. The price will be just $1.99 compared to the $7.99 price on Steam, and the ability to use the App Store's pre-order system should show up a couple of weeks or so before the launch date. If you enjoy board games, choose your own adventures, or lighthearted fairy tales then keep an eye out for The Wolf's Bite on mobile next month and check out the forum thread for some discussion.

from TouchArcade

Fortnite players receiving refunds after accounts were hacked

Fortnite players have been noticing fraudulent charges being made on their Epic Games accounts for the past month. ...

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SwitchArcade Roundup: 'Tesla vs. Lovecraft', 'Everspace', 'OPUS', and More

Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we have a bunch of Nintendo Switch news and eShop sales to discuss! Thankfully, Monday is a slow day for new releases for your dear author, but the releases kick back up in intensity tomorrow. But thankfully, there's plenty to still talk about with a bunch of ports from other platforms announced for the Switch, and some deep discounts on intriguing titles as well! Let's dive right into it, shall we?


Tesla vs. Lovecraft on Switch this week

10tons keeps cranking out the fun top-down dual-stick shooters in the vein of Neon Chrome, each with their own unique twists. Their latest, Tesla vs. Lovecraft, has you playing as Nikola Tesla as he tries to fend off Lovecraftian abominations with electric weapons, including the Tesla-Mech! This looks like a lot of fun, and has hordes of enemies akin to 10tons' classic Crimsonland. If you like their selection of games, this should be perfect on the Switch, and you can check it out this Friday, March 16th: the same day as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases.

The original Toki Tori comes to Switch soon

If you played Toki Tori 2+ for Switch and want to see what the original is like, well, good news: the original puzzle-platformer's enhanced version hits the Switch soon, with preorders starting on Wednesday, March 14th. Sometimes, it's tough to go back to prequels after playing the sequel, but Toki Tori has a level-based structure with items to use, so it might just be different enough that it won't feel inferior.

Ravenous Games makes Switch debut with Devious Dungeon

Long-time mobile developer Ravenous Games is making its way to the Switch courtesy of Ratatalka Games, as Devious Dungeon, their roguelike-inspired platformer, is set to release soon. Hopefully this is the first of many games from them to hit the eShop: the League of Evil titles in particular are fun trial platformers, and they deserve another look from a console market.

Everspace coming to Switch

While Galaxy on Fire 3 comes to the Switch soon, people who prefer the first two games are in luck, as former Fishlabs founders at Rockfish Games are bringing their latest space action game, Everspace, to the Switch. [Interestingly, in an interview Rockfish did about the game](, they say that "our mobile gaming background already paid off: Everspace runs super smoothly, and it looks just gorgeous on the device. We still have to optimize the performance when running on the big screen, but we are getting there." No release date announced yet, but there is a retail edition coming on May 29th to PS4, so possibly sometime around then?

OPUS: Rocket of Whispers hits the Switch on March 22nd

Flyhigh Works and Sigono's narrative-driven adventure sequel comes to the Switch next week, with preorders starting on March 15th. You'll be exploring an icy world, trying to build a rocket that will serve as a space burial for the victims of an apocalyptic plague. You'll have a number of items to discover, and new parts of the world to find throughout your journey. This is a different experience from the original OPUS, but if you like narrative-based, atmospheric adventures, this should be up your alley.

Games On Sale

OPUS: The Day We Left Earth

($4 from $5 until March 22nd) Oh hey, what a coincidence. The original OPUS is on sale. Here, you help the robot Emeth use a space telescope to help find Earth, as you discover many other planets throughout the game's galaxy. Wear headphones or use good speakers while playing this as the music really helps to set the mood for this mysterious adventure.

Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back

($2.49 from $4.99 until March 22nd) Again, the nice thing about the Switch is that because it sits at this convergence point between mobile and console gaming, it's a great spot for mobile ports such as Frederic 2. Here, you engage in music duels in rhythm game format, as you play the piano to notes that keep falling down, though you're trying to out-do your opponent while also playing your track. This one has some glorious keytar action, and it's super-cheap.

Tachyon Project

($7.99 from $9.99 until March 19th) If you need a fun dual-stick arena shooter for yourself, Eclipse Games has its glowy shoot 'em up on sale for a few days. While it does boast endless play for high score chasers, the story mode is a unique element that provides a bit structure to the proceedings. Word from reviews is that this one is quite tough, but is a solid entry in the dual-stick shooter genre.

Baseball Riot

($3.99 from $4.99 until March 14th) The nice thing about 10tons is that they release pretty much every single game they make on every platform possible. This physics puzzler has you hitting baseballs around rooms to try and knock out all the targets without having the glove-wielding players just catch the ball, so you have to come up with some tricky angles to hit all your shots. It's a fun, chaotic game, and if you didn't pick it up on any other platform, you can save a buck on the Switch!

Plague Road

($6 from $15 until March 15th) Arcade Distillery is here to bring you a massive sale, as their procedurally-generated strategy-survival game is 60% off for a few days. You rescue survivors from the plague-ridden landscape, either using them as traveling companions to help you in battle against the plague-ridden forces, or to assign them to your farm to help you in your quest to rid the world of the plague. The game features some detailed art and animation as part of its unique visual style, and the game as a whole seems quite intriguing, especially at this low price. On the one hand, I like that the Switch is avoiding the race to the bottom. On the other, I like some huge discounts.

Mecho Tales

($3.99 from $9.99 until March 15th) Remember Mecho Wars, the Advance Wars-inspired turn-based strategy game? While that game is not on the Switch, the universe continues in Mecho Tales, a chaotic action-platformer that features multiplayer for up to four people at once. Also from Arcade Distillery, it has more of that unique artwork that Plague Road has, and its multiplayer chaos might work well for players that need a new game for when they're entertaining guests. At this massive discount, why not?

Keep an eye out every weekday for more SwitchArcade Roundups! We want to hear your feedback on Nintendo Switch coverage on TouchArcade. Comment below or tweet us with your thoughts!

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Get a job: Cold Iron Studios is looking for a Principal Environment Artist

San Jose-based Cold Iron is seeking an experienced Principal Environment Artist to join it in working on a shooter in the Alien universe for consoles and PC. ...

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War Child Armistice charity raises $261,600 for children affected by war

Through partnerships with a number of game developers, War Child has raised a total of £188,094, roughly $261,600, through its War Child Armistice charity fundraising campaign to benefit children affected by war.  ...

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Tencent invests in Chinese game streaming services Douyu and Huya

Tencent has invested roughly $1B in two major Chinese video game live streaming platforms this week, dropping $632 million on Douyu and as much as $461.6 million on Huya. ...

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Review: Rally Racers (Switch eShop)

Review: Review: Rally Racers (Switch eShop)

Reverse away from this one

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The Next 'Hearthstone' Expansion is "The Witchwood," and There's a Song

Late last month we posted about the upcoming Hearthstone expansion and what it means for the game: The arrival of the Year of the Raven! As of a few moments ago, we now know what the mysterious expansion signaling this shift turned out to be: The Witchwood. Based on what has been revealed so far, it seems to be an expansion that hinges on things you'd find lurking in a creepy forest of Azeroth. Worgen, ghosts, creatures of all kinds, and things along those lines. Better yet, this expansion finally has song.

Check out the reveal video:

Notable additions to the set include cards which sort of behave like flip cards do in Magic, Worgen cards can shift their attack and health each time they're in your hand. (So a 2/4 will be a 4/2 the following turn and then a 2/4 after that and so on.) Additionally, a new "Rush" keyword works a lot like Charge, but Rush minions can only instantly attack minions the turn that they're played- Not heroes.

Better yet, if your favorite part of Kobolds & Catacombs was the Dungeon Run mode, The Witchwood will have a similar single player component called Monster Hunt. Few details are available on that right now, but it sounds functionally identical with some thematic changes which I AM A-OK WITH! (Dungeon Run has turned into my favorite way to play Hearthstone.)

For more details check out the official web site, oh, and of course, there's a $49.99 pre-purchase bundle which is really the best overall value when it comes to buying any Hearthstone cards. Oh, and along with that pre-order opportunity comes the 10.4 update available now on the App Store which features some significantly speedier load times!

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Tesla vs Lovecraft Is All Thunderbolts And Lightning, Also Very Very Frightening

In Tesla vs Lovecraft, eldritch horrors from beyond threaten the world and only you, Nikola Tesla, can stop them with the power of science. Yay, science!

This fast-paced twin-stick shooter has you fighting against countless unspeakable abominations. As they hunt you through each level, you can decimate them with a huge arsenal of mostly lightning-based weaponry and other neat gadgets. You can even assemble a giant mech on the go - if you manage to find all the spare parts scattered across the arena.

Tesla's best tool is his ability to teleport short distances - and you'll have to make ample use of it if you want to survive. The assault of those dark hordes is truly unrelenting, requiring focus and leading to near-constant edge of your seat action. A whole bunch of different enemies, from abominable fishmen to creepy spiderbeasts, as well as the occasional boss fight mix it up a bit.

Tesla vs Lovecraft is a pretty tough game overall. Thankfully, both temporary in-game upgrades (when you "level up" in a stage) and permanent improvements which can be bought on the world map make your life a bit easier. There's a local co-op mode as well, which is always appreciated.

Being a bit burned out on arena shooters, I didn't really expect to enjoy this game as much as I did. However, the hyper-focused gameplay and the cheeky use of its protagonists and themes had me coming back for more. Tesla vs Lovecraft gets two singed tentacles up and a hearty Iä! Iä! from me.

You can purchase Tesla vs Lovecraft on Steam for $14.99. Ports for the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch will appear from another dimension tomorrow and on Friday, respectively. For more information on the game, visit its website or follow developer 10tons on Facebook and Twitter.


5 new PlayStation Store releases you need to check out this week

This week, return to Paradise City and ride legendary vehicles on Big Surf Island and beyond in sandbox racer Burnout Paradise Remastered, cultivate your dream farm and go global in Pure Farming 2018, unravel the mysteries of the Curse of the Pharaohs in Assassin’s Creed latest expansion or find out how to create a scientifically sound colony on Mars in Surviving Mars.

1. Burnout Paradise Remastered

Welcome back to Paradise! Rule the streets of Paradise City, Big Surf Island with an incredible roster of legendary vehicles with Burnout Paradise Remastered! Get back into the ultimate driving playground and set speed and destruction records all over town in this action-packed arcade driving game, now in 4K and 60FPS.

2. Pure Farming 2018

Imagine this: you own a little piece of land in Montana, but are dreaming of taking your business global, into Japan, Italy, Colombia or even Germany. Pure Farming 2018 is a management sim at heart, but you’ll also be getting your hands dirty and driving marvellous machines to cultivate your land. Decide which crops to grow, which animals to raise, and build your international farming business in Pure Farming 2018.

3. Assassin’s Creed Origins – The Curse Of the Pharaohs (DLC)

Explore a brand new part of the world and fight undead royalty in Curse of the Pharaohs, the third major expansion for Assassin’s Creed Origins. Find out what caused the Pharaoh’s Curse in the massive city of Thebes, as undead pharaohs are roaming the streets and slaughtering civilians. Hunt down key artefacts linked to each pharaoh in order to put them to rest.

4. Surviving Mars

What exactly would it take for humans to survive on Mars? In Surviving Mars, you’re the one who will find the answer. Building the first functioning human colonies on the red planet won’t be an easy task – you will need to find scientifically feasible ways to produce water, air and food in a deeply hostile environment, but the challenges is what makes the sci-fi strategy title so interesting.

5. Q.U.B.E. 2

Q.U.B.E. 2 is a vibrant first person puzzle adventure full of perplexing puzzles. Step into the shoes of Amelia Cross, a stranded archaeologist who has woken up on a strange alien planet. Using special gloves to manipulate the cubes around her and with remote assistance from fellow survivor, Emma, she will need to face an array of challenges to find her way back home.

  • Why you should play it: Manipulate the structure of the world and solve brain-twisting puzzles in a gorgeous alien world.
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